John J. "Jack" Maguire | A committal service was held on Thursday, December 27th, in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne for Mr. John J. 'Jack' Maguire, of Watertown, formerly of Belmont. Mr. Maguire died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Sancta Maria Nursing Center in Cambridge. He was 90. Jack was born in Winchester on February 15, 1922, a son of the late Patrick and Bridget (Flaherty) Maguire, and was a 1939 graduate of Winchester High School. After that he enrolled at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. At the outbreak of World War II Jack left college and joined the United States Navy where he served as a radar operator aboard the battleship U.S.S. New York. He saw action that precipitated the climactic end to the war in the Pacific during the invasions and battles at Iwo Jima and at Okinawa. Before being sent to the Pacific and after his training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois he was sent to school at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana and at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. After the war Jack returned to Marietta where he earned his degree. He became a civil engineer for the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, a position he held until his retirement. He had been a Belmont resident for forty years before recently moving to Watertown. Jack leaves his beloved wife of fifty years, Marie K. (Goode) Maguire; his sisters, Mary Avarian and Margaret Granfield, both of Winchester; his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph D. Goode and his wife, Trudy, of Needham and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late James Maguire and brother-in-law of the late Andrew Goode. Memorial donations may be made to
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Published in Waltham News Tribune from Dec. 28, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013